The imaginary audience and the personal fable in relation to the separation-individuation process during adolescence

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Unit:
Department of Primary Education
Title:
The imaginary audience and the personal fable in relation to the separation-individuation process during adolescence
Languages of Item:
English
Abstract:
Lapsley’s (1993) “New Look” model for the interpretation of adolescent egocentrism, as an alternative to the classic cognitive one formulated by Elkind (1967), was tested in this study. According to the “New Look” model, the two manifestations of adolescent egocentrism – the imaginary audience and the personal fable – are adaptive coping mechanisms used by adolescents in their attempt to deal with the stressful developmental aim of separation-individuation. Two-hundred ninety seven adolescents 11-18 years’ old completed the Imaginary Audience Scale (Elkind & Bowen, 1979), the New Imaginary Audience Scale (Lapsley, Fitzgerald, Rice, & Jackson, 1989), the Personal Fable Scale (Elkind, personal communication, August 10, 1993), the New Personal Fable Scale (Lapsley et al., 1989), and the Separation-Individuation Test of Adolescence (Levine, Green, & Millon, 1986; Levine & Saintonge, 1993). The “New Look” model was generally supported by the data. The various dimensions of separation were significantly associated with the imaginary audience, whereas the dimensions of individuation had stronger links with the personal fable. In addition, some associations were found between the imaginary audience and individuation, as well as between the personal fable and separation. Consistent age and gender differences in the variables studied were found. Results are discussed in the framework of the literature on adolescent egocentrism and on parent-adolescent relations.
Publication year:
2011
Authors:
Evangelia P. Galanaki
Anne Christopoulos
Journal:
Psychology : the journal of the hellenic psychological society
Publisher:
Ελληνική Ψυχολογική Εταιρεία
Volume:
18
Number:
1
Pages:
85-103
Keywords:
imaginary audience, personal fable, egocentrism, separation-individuation, adolescence
Main subject category:
Philosophy - Psychology
DOI:
https://doi.org/10.12681/psy_hps.23710
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